The smog in Beijing is so bad this winter that the sunrise, completely obscured from sight, is being shown on LED screens in Tiananmen Square. PM 2.5 pollution levels hit as high as 671 yesterday morning, which is roughly 25 times as dangerous as what the World Health Organization considers safe. The mayor of Beijing has proposed a number of measures to reduce coal use and air pollution.
Twenty scientists from the National Institutes of Health whose work ranges from testing flourescently labeled probes for imaging during surgery to studying environmental risks in Autism Spectrum Disorder have been chosen as recipients of the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers.
The Wari civilization in Peru experimented with trepanning, according to the research from the University of California. Thirty-two Wari individuals showed 45 instances of the brain surgery. The study, "Trepanation in South-Central Peru during the early late intermediate period (ca. AD 1000–1250)," was led by Danielle Kurin.
Men tend to drink more than women when they are stressed due a natural tendency, researchers in the Netherlands found in a new study. One promising finding is that stressed-out men cut their alcohol consumption in half when they kept track of how much they drank.
Neanderthals may have been able to speak like modern humans, according to a study published this week in PLoS One. The research hinges on the presence of the hyoid bone, a structure in the neck that supports the tongue and allows for speech.